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For other uses, see Bonnie (disambiguation).
Pronunciation /ˈbɒni/ BON-ee
Gender Female
Word/name Scottish, Latin
Meaning Pretty, Attractive, Good
Other names
Related names Bonita, Bonbon

Bonnie, Bonny or Bonne is a given name commonly used for females. It is rarely used as a male given name and is sometimes used as a descriptive reference. It comes from the Scottish word "bonnie" meaning "pretty, attractive" also similar adjectives like charming, beautiful and excellent.[1] That is in turn derived from the Latin word "bonus" meaning good. This link also explains the French meaning of "bon" meaning also meaning good and also "sweet".[2] The name can also be used as a pet form of Bonita. Bonnie is often used as a nickname or a form of endearment towards a loved one.


It is phonetically related to many eastern traditions such as Bon in Tibet the ancient religion preceding Buddhism and the Bon Festival in Japan.

Bonnie is the main character in the Scottish folk song My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean. It was covered by The Beatles a year after their formation in 1961, peaking at #5 in a German chart. Legend suggests the title My Bonnie played a role in their early recognition and later success.

Bonnie the orangutan was noted for her musical abilities, namely whistling.

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